Showing posts from 2009


"Colossus" 36x48 Oil on canvas, 2009, sold.

This guy took me a long time to do but he was well worth it. I took his picture at the montgomery zoo last year, he was covered in sand so I decided to go with a blue/gray scale of color for him adding a bit of brown to represent the sand. Also made him in walking mode by painting sand coming up behind and above him. I named him colossus because the first thing my husband said was he looked like he was made out of chrome. The Xmen character colossus is a large man that turns into chrome when he needs to defend and attack, so therefore I thought it was a perfect fit. Hope you like him.

"Rose Garden"

"Rose Garden" 9x12 acrylic ink on gesso board, 2009, sold.

This is an impressionistic painting of a rose garden using ink and acrylic paint

"Tulip Garden"

"Tulip Garden" 11x14 Mixed Media on Gesso board, 2009, sold.

This is an impressionistic painting of a tulip garden painted in ink and acrylic. I love this one!

"Candy Corn"

"Candy Corn" 9x12 Mixed Media on Gesso Board, 2009, sold.

This is a sunflower made with the colors of candy corn which is 2 of my favorite fall things. I used ink and acrylic and am very happy with the outcome.

"On the Prowl"

"On the Prowl"
26x14 acrylic on gesso board,Framed, 2009, sold.
This is my painting of a tigers eyes with lots of enhanced colors and brightness. I am an auburn fan, however this is not affiliated with auburn in any way. My source picture was a tiger in the woods lurking after its prey. The size listed above is with a very nice 6" black frame. The size of just the painting is 20x8.

"AGG Monogram"

This was a simple picture that I did for a friend. She put it in her daughters room. It is acrylic on canvas .

"Iris Garden"

"Iris Garden" 16x20 mixed media on gesso panel. donation.

I donated this one to help raise money for Cornerstone Christian Academy school.

"Sea Bones"

"Sea Bones" 11x14 mixed media, 2009, Sold.
This is the 3rd painting in my bone series and I used inks and acrylic paint


24x24 Oil on Canvas, 2009
This is my dog napoleon. He thinks he is king of the household and would sit on the back of the couch to oversee everything that was happening and I snapped a photo of him one day. To his disappointment, the following year we moved the couch up against the wall. He was 2 years old in this picture and his now 4.


8x20 Acrylic on Gesso Board, Auction donation, 2009
This piece was created for a scottish terrier convention in Atlanta in October. It is being donated for an auction to raise money for the scottish terrier society. I used my stained-glass technique and I am pleased with the end result.

"Butterfly Bones"

"Butterfly Bones" 11x14 ink on gesso board, 2009, sold.
2nd piece in my "Abstract Bone" series.

Another abstract for my series. I do know that butterflies and dragonflies don't have bones but it sounded much better than fossils. My next piece will be "Sea Bones" so be sure to check back to see it.

"Crab Season"

"Crab Season" 16x20 Oil on Canvas, 2009. $250.00

Growing up on the Gulf Coast, part of summer vacation was getting to eat fresh seafood because it was shrimp and crab season. Fried, boiled or in seafood gumbo this is by far my favorite summer food. So here is my first impressionistic painting of crabs and shrimp. Of course it had to be very colorful and I put them in the sea just before the shrimp nets gather them up. This is now available for purchase at

"Flower Garden"

"Flower Garden"16x20 mixed media on Gesso Board, 2009, sold.
First piece in my "Garden abstract" series
This is another one of my abstract pieces. I used a combination of alcohol inks and acrylic paint. I am still experimenting with alot of things and I have seen alot of flower gardens in my life so I just put down some of the ones that I could remember what they looked like.

"Caleb in Twilight"

"Caleb in Twilight" 18x24 oil on canvas, 2009 private collection.

This is my son, Caleb, and I had to have a matching piece to go with "Olivia in Twilight". I was very pleased with the outcome and it is the first time I have oil painted a hand. The red is redder in this one but that is what Caleb wanted. The pose was part of his senior portraits that he took at school.

"Dragonfly Bones"

"Dragonfly Bones" 11x14 Ink on Gesso board, 2009, sold
First piece in my "Abstract Bone" series

This is a step away from my normal painting. Sometimes the tediousness of painting realism gets to me and I have to do something fast and fun. This is my first try at alcohol inks and I found them to be easy and fun to manipulate. This is my first attempt at true abstract art and even though it is not my favorite thing to do, it is a nice break from realism. I put the colors on an 11x14 gesso board and used my palette knife to make marks and swoosh the colors around. When I was done, I stepped back and realized that the shapes looked like dragonflies and even maybe fossils of dragonflies. So the name became "Dragonfly Bones."

"Harvest Beauty"

"Harvest Beauty" 20x20 oil on 1.5" boxed canvas, 2009, Sold.

This is the second painting of the bud flower below only in a further bloomed state. I would like to say thankyou to my facebook friends for helping me name both paintings, I love the names. I painted both paintings on a 1.5 inch boxed canvas and the paintings wrap around the edges so you don't have to have a frame if you don't want one. These were alot of fun to paint and I hope you enjoy viewing them.

"Harvest Bloom"

"Harvest Bloom" 20x20 oil on 1.5"box canvas, 2009, Sold.

As you already know the rose is my favorite flower and so is this particular color rose. I painted both paintings on 1.5" boxed canvas and the painting wraps around the edges so you do not need a frame if you do not want one. I had a hard time naming these two paintings so I asked for suggestions from my facebook friends and I got wonderful responses. I combined the ones from my friend Missy and my mother-in-law Diane and I love the names. Thanks to everyone.

"Crooked Feather"

"Crooked Feather" 24x48 oil on canvas, 2009, Framed, nfs.

I posted this earlier in the beginning stage. I had tried a technique of doing a charcoal drawing, spraying it with acrylic, then painting over that. Well what I discovered was that the turpentine diluent that I use with my oil paints actually dissolved the acrylic layer and spread the charcoal like paint. But don't be alarmed, It worked to my advantage on the Indian but to my disadvantage on the flowers. The black was almost impossible to cover up and that is why my magnolias are yellow and pink instead of white. BUT...I like it...its different. This little fellow stands in Ocean Springs MS as a monument that I have looked at all my life growing up there. Hope you enjoy it....

"Grace in Blue"

"Grace in Blue" 18x24 oil on canvas, 2008, private commission. This is my beautiful niece, Gracie, and she chose blue to be the color of her portrait. It is a blue value study that I had a fun time doing and my first realistic painting of a portrait. It was painted from a picture that I took of her. I did this last year but finally remembered to take a picture of it to post.

"A Rose by any other name......."

"A Rose by any other name......." 11x14 acrylic on canvas, 2009.

I painted this for my mom. As a young girl, we planted a rose garden outside my bedroom window and everyday we would check on their growth and admire the beauty of a single rose. To this day it is still by favorite flower. So this one is for you mom. I could not have asked for a better mom for God to give me. I love you!

"Olivia in Twilight"

"Olivia in Twilight"
18x24 oil on canvas, 2009, private collection
This is my daughter Olivia and she is a huge fan of the Twilight series.  So a vampire, I made her. I added the red for a Twilight feel and she loved it.

"Ballroom Dancers"

"Ballroom Dancers" 22x28 acrylic on canvas, 2009

Well, I couldn't wait any longer. My love of dance had to be painted. I saw a similar painting of dancers painted by Ricardo Casas and decided to do my own version. I am not sure what style I would call this however it is similar to "My Self Portrait". There wasn't any challenges on this piece, I just had alot of fun doing it. If you look at the edge of the mans suit and ladies dress you will see that I made the background color seem like it was engulfing their outfits and the background is painted to have a stained glass look.

"The Clark's Grandchildren"

"The Clark Grandchildren" 24x36 graphite on stonehenge paper. This is a commission that I just finished. I had several challenges on this one. The first challenge was the girl on the top right had braces on in the picture I was using so I had to draw the teeth without them. The second challenge was the girl on the top left had freckles and I have never put freckles on a face but its not that hard and I am very pleased with my end result. The couple will be getting it tomorrow and I hope they like it as much as I do.

"Grandpa Jones"

"Grandpa Jones" 11x12 graphite on Strathmore drawing paper. This is actually one of my practice pieces I did in June of 2006. I was looking back on my old work and decided to spruce him up a bit. He did not look this good a few years ago. I did not know that much about value at the time and how important it is to get the darkest of the dark and the lightest of the light on your paper to make realistic pictures, so i worked on him last night while watching american idol and I think he turned out very well. I do not have a grandpa jones, I just randomly picked a picture of an old man to practice wrinkles and folds. Hope you like it.

"Crooked Feather" (pre-paint)

"Crooked Feather" 24x48 canvas. I am trying something new here. I talked with a talented young artist here in Montgomery and his name is Jared Kelly (you can view his art at, I noticed he draws a black and white of his subject before he actually paints. So I am giving it a try and this is the finished black and white and I used black conte charcoal pencils. This is my first time to ever use charcoal of any kind and found it is very easy to use but a bit messy. However, I love the advantage of seeing my composition before color is added to it. I sprayed it with acrylic matte fixative and I am ready to start painting.
"CROOKED FEATHER" is an Indian Statue that has been a part of Ocean Springs, MS since 1976. The Magnolia is Mississippi's state flower, so I chose it to put in the background. I am participating in the Peter-Anderson arts festival that is held in Ocean Springs this year November 7-8th and he will be one the paintin…


"Bobby" private commission, 14x17 Graphite on Bristol Board, April 2009.

I recently donated a portrait commission gift certificate for a silent auction to Cornerstone Christian academy in Montgomery, Alabama. This was the portrait I did for the winner. This was my first baby portrait and my first experience with hands. I am very pleased with the outcome and I hope he is too. It is a gift for his wife for mothers day and I am anxious to know if she likes it too.


"Sophie" 14x17 Graphite on Bristol Board
March 2009

"The Wells Grandchildren"

"The Wells Grandchildren" 30x44 graphite on Stonehenge paper.
This was my first large commission and it turned out very well. I did this in January of 2009. When I accepted this commission I was so nervous. I had never done anything this big or had this many people on one paper. I also had the challenge of finding a surface this big to draw on so that the paper would not be creased or wrinkled. My little drawing table was not big enough. I bought a canvas that was bigger than the paper and taped it to the canvas. I then had to draw and shade while upright on my easel. Another challenge was teeth! I had only practiced one portrait where the person was showing her teeth. I now have no problem with them.
Thank you Irvin and Jackie.


"Daniel" is a 20x24 oil on canvas painted in 2008 and is my first realistic animal painting. I took a bunch of pictures at the Montgomery Zoo in Alabama and Daniel is the name of the male lion there. He was very striking and I knew he was going to be my first animal painting. Eyes and faces are by far my favorite things to draw. I did sell him at my art show last October 2008. And yes, I miss him. Those of you who are artists know the attachment you can have with your pieces.


"JUDY" is an acrylic painting on canvas, 18x24. This is a portrait of my sister Judy and is in the same style as my self portrait. This style is a form of cubism with a little bit of picasso mixed in with a look of stained glass.

"My Mona Lisa"

I think every artist should have a mona lisa and this is mine.
This is my second acrylic painting that is an 18x24 on canvas and it is a self portrait of me. I did not originally intend for it to look like stained glass, however, in the end process it did come out that way. It is my favorite piece and hangs in my foyer.

"Random Exploration"

"Random Exploration" is my first acrylic creation. He is 30x40 on canvas. I did not have a clue or a plan as to how this was going to come out. I had bought some winsor and newton paints from a yard sale and knew I wanted to paint a peacock and this was the result.  I played around with the eyes on the tail and they ended up looking like they were glowing. The background was very plain so I start filling in with the swirls on the bottom and ended up with dots all around, then added celtic designs around the neck. It just goes to show you that not every artist has a reason for painting what they paint, sometimes its just random exploration!

This in now available for purchase at

"Guardian Lion"

"Guardian Lion" is the brother of "sleeping Lion" and sits on the other side of the steps of the Knox Hall in Montgomery Alabama . I sold them as a pair at an art show last October 2008. This was also a yellow value study and is a 9x12 oil on canvas

"Sleeping Lion"

"Sleeping Lion" is a 9x12 oil on canvas painted in 2008 as my yellow value study. This statue can be seen in front of the Knox Hall in Montgomery, Alabama. I painted it from a picture that I took of him and it sold at an art show along with his brother "Guardian Lion" last October.

"Tea Party"

"Tea Party" is my second oil painting and is a 9x12 on canvas. Our class did a value study and we chose one color and painted the picture with only that color but using the full value spectrum from the darkest dark to the lightest light of that color. I gave this one as a gift.

"Tea TIme"

"Tea Time" is my first oil painting and is a 9x12 on canvas. I did this last year(2008) in a class that I took for a few months to get acquainted with the brush since pencil was all I had ever really used. I hang this in my kitchen and is one of my favorite pieces. The composition is from a photo that was furnished by my teacher in class.